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April 2014

Keystone Pipeline








Been asked more then a few times why I and so many others against the Keystone pipeline project. To me
this just a no brainer when you look at the route and the fact that a pipeline will always have a failure at
some point. It's not a question of if, but when, where and how bad that failure will be. This not just the fact
that I have worked along projects with my telephone lines over the years or know people that have
worked on those lines, but history itself. Look here for just a partial list of the major pipeline failures.    

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_pipeline_accidents_in_the_United_States_in_the_21st_century

The major issues with this line is the route the line will take and how dirty this crude will be that
transported compared to other lines. The route takes it directly over the largest supply of clean fresh
water in the world that is used by not only millions for drinking but the only source for what is the bread
basket of the world too. The Ogallala Aquifer.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogallala_Aquifer

The ranchers of the 1800's tried to stop the farmers using the plains for farming with the excuse that this
land wasn't good to be used as farming. They were actually correct in that until irrigation was started in
large scale in late 1930's. Without it much of these lands would produce nothing and we would see a
repeat of the dust bowls in many areas and probably starvation along with the loss of revenue of the US
major export commodities. It's something that will happen soon enough as it is owing to the fact that
irrigation has reduced the aquifer by 80 percent in just the last 70 years. It can take 100's of years to
replenish underground water supplies even when rain fall plentiful, in which in the plain states isn't. With
the changing environment caused by global warming this has even become less and the Western plain
states have been drying up just as predicted by many as far back as 1950's.  The wars of future will be
about water more likely then fuel since we have over populated this Earth to a point that without good
water we starve, plain & simple. Governments & civilization will fall & billions die.  Just look at what
happened to China back during the Viet Nam war era where an estimated 125 MILLION died of starvation
due to food shortages. We thought China was mobilizing troops to come in as in Korea so sent spy planes
over just to see 100's of miles of trucks from cities carrying bodies. Now imagine this world wide.
Now if we build a pipeline in the land that supplies water to this aquifer it will pollute it eventually with out
a doubt and bringing the inevitable even sooner.  The question is just when. So yes, I appose this pipeline
for the best reasons there are. Life...........




Mar 2014
Did Oshkosh indoors trader show end of Feb. Sales not great but at least paid for trip & did get to see lots
of old friends that hadn't seen since last year and enjoyed myself. Trying to schedule shows now where
can teach children's classes if possible. Haven't been able to make many flutes with cold this Winter & not
having a good work shop anymore now that renting a place back in Wisconsin. With retired now could if
have the place for it again. Thinking of maybe buying a piece of land up North if can swing it back in woods.
Then be easy to make enough. Until then buying & selling High Spirits flutes to help offset the cost of
doing children's shows.




May 2013

Been a while since posted here. Retired now & on road full time doing shows. Working on a couple new
CDs but slow going and work on as can. Usually post this in duplicate on FB too. Here is one from a reader.

KEEP PASSING THIS AROUND UNTIL EVERY ONE HAS HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO READ IT... THIS IS SURE
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT!!!! THE ONLY THING WRONG WITH THE GOVERNMENT'S CALCULATION OF
AVAILABLE SOCIAL SECURITY IS THEY FORGOT TO FIGURE IN THE PEOPLE WHO DIED BEFORE THEY EVER
COLLECTED A SOCIAL SECURITY CHECK!!! WHERE DID THAT MONEY GO?

Remember, not only did you and I contribute to Social Security, but your employer did, too. It totals 15% of
your income before taxes. If you averaged only $30K over your working life, that's close to $220,500. Read
that again!

Did you see where the Government paid in one single penny?

We are talking about the money you and your employer put in a Government bank to insure you and I that
we would have a retirement check from the money we put in, not the Government. Now they are calling the
money we put in an ENTITLEMENT when we reach the age to take it back.

If you calculate the future invested value of $4,500 per year (yours & your employer's contribution) at a
simple 5% interest (less than what the Government pays on the money that it borrows), after 49 years of
working you'd have $892,919.98. If you took out only 3% per year, you'd receive $26,787.60 per year and it
would last better than 30 years (until you're 95 if you retire at age 65) and that's with no interest paid on
that final amount on deposit! If you bought an annuity and it paid 4% per year, you'd have a lifetime income
of $2,976.40 per month. If you have a deceased spouses who died in their 50's -- their S.S. money will never
have one cent drawn from what they paid into S.S. all their lives over the past 30 years!

THE FOLKS IN WASHINGTON HAVE PULLED OFF A BIGGER PONZI SCHEME THAN BERNIE MADOFF EVER DID.

Entitlement my foot, I paid cash for my social security insurance! Just because they borrowed the money
for other government spending, doesn't make my benefits some kind of charity or handout!!

Remember Congressional benefits? --- free health care, outrageous retirement packages, 67 paid
holidays, three weeks paid vacation, unlimited paid sick days.
Now that's welfare!!! And they have the nerve to call my social security retirement payments
entitlement's?!?

We're "broke" and we can't help our own Seniors, Veterans, Orphans, or Homeless.
Yet in the last few months we have provided aid to Haiti, Chile and Turkey. And now Pakistan......home of
bin Laden. Literally, BILLIONS... if not TRILLIONS of DOLLARS are unaccounted for!!!

They call Social Security and Medicare an entitlement even though most of us have been paying for it all
our working lives, and now, when it's time for us to collect, the government is running out of money. Why
did the government borrow from it in the first place? It was supposed to be in a locked box, not part of the
general fund.
Sad isn't it. 99% of people won't have the guts to forward this. I'm in the 1% --
I just did.


March 2011

Congress

This one sent to me by a site reader

No one has been able to explain to me why young men and women serve in the U.S. Military for 20 years,
risking their lives protecting freedom, and only get 50% of their pay. While politicians hold their political
positions in the safe confines of the capital, protected by these same men and women, and receive full pay
retirement after
serving one term. It just does not make any sense.
Monday on Fox news they learned that the staffers of Congress family members are exempt from having to
pay back student loans. This will get national attention if other news networks will broadcast it. When you
add this to the below, just where will all of it stop? 35 States file lawsuit against the Federal Government .
Governors of 35 states have filed suit against the Federal Government for imposing unlawful burdens
upon them. It only takes 38 (of the 50) States to convene a Constitutional Convention. This is an idea that
we should address. For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress. Many
citizens had no idea that members of Congress could retire with the same pay after only one term, that
they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as
being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under
those laws. The latest is to exempt themselves from the Health care Reform... in all of its forms. Somehow,
that doesn't seem logical. We do not have an elite that is above the law. I truly don't care if they are
Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever. The self-serving must stop. If each person that receives
this will forward it on to 20 people, in three days, most people in The United States of America will have the
message.. This is one proposal that really should be passed around.
Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution: "Congress
shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States
that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives;
and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or
Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the
United States .

March 2011

Bias

Been pretty busy getting ready for show I did last week and not really had time to write anything. Still busy
but something happened I definitely had to write about. This a subject I usually avoid since I feel ones
religion is a personal matter... But not when violence occurs because of ones religion anywhere.  A friends
younger brother was attacked by 2 young so called Christians, not because he looks or sounds different.
He is half white & half East Indian & grew up here. He speaks better English then I do in fact and his
appearance not really Indian. He was attacked solely because he wasn't Christian but Bhudist. I detest
violence, but thankfully my coming along at the right time I was able to stop a senseless beating with out
getting hurt myself. At my age that's not really easy I suppose. LOLL. But cowards don't like even odds &
seem to run when that happens. When I was a child I went through this type of bias from some, even from
those of my own family on either side. Though a lot less today then as a child, this bias still exists. I would
hope that we have all taught our children to not be like this.  No matter what color our skin or our beliefs
we all should be treated equally and with respect. Those same thugs would hate me I suppose too, since I
am not really Christian either. I grew up in the old ways as far as my beliefs go. It certainly does not bother
me that anyone is Christian though. LOLL. In discussions with a number of Priests & Pastors I know I can
say my thoughts are a belief also held by them... and most.



Dec 2010

Lets put the seniors in jail, and the criminals in a nursing home.

This way the seniors would have access to showers, Hobbies, and walks, they'd receive unlimited free
prescriptions, dental and medical treatment, wheel chairs etc.. and they'd receive money instead of paying
it out. They would have constant video monitoring, so they could be helped instantly,  if they fell, or
needed assistance.  Bedding would be washed twice a week, and all clothing would be ironed and
returned to them. A guard would check on them every 20 minutes, and bring their meals and snacks to
their cell. They would have family visits in a suite built for that purpose. They would have access to a
library, weight room, Spiritual counseling, pool and Education simple clothing, shoes, slippers, P.J.'s and
legal aid would be free on request. Private, secure rooms for all, with an exercise outdoor yard, with
gardens.  Each senior could have a P.C. a T.V. radio, and daily phone calls.  There would be a board of
directors to hear complaints, and the guards would have a code of conduct, that would be strictly adhered
to.  The "criminals" would get cold food, be left all alone, and unsupervised, lights off at 8pm,  And
showers once a week, live in a tiny room, pay $3,000.00 per month and Have no hope of ever getting out.
Justice for all. This should make us think of the kind of world we have created for ourselves.



Oct 2010

Music has Unspeakable Power

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.
Music is the mystical resonance that makes people cry, laugh and feel their hair stand up. For heights and
depths no words can reach, music is the soul's own speech. Music expresses that... which cannot be said
when it is impossible to be silent.
John D


Sept 2010

PROPHECY OF THE SEVENTH GENERATION

According to the prophecy, after seven generations of living in close contact with the Europeans, the
Onkwehonwe would see the day when the elm trees would die. The prophecy said that animals would be
born strange and deformed, their limbs twisted out of shape. Huge stone monsters would tear open the
face of the earth. The rivers would burn aflame. The air would burn the eyes of man. According to the
prophecy of the Seventh Generation the Onkwehonwe would see the day when birds would fall from the
sky, the fish would die in the water, and man would grow ashamed of the way that he had treated his
mother and provider, the Earth.
If you can't breath the air and the water will kill you. What do you have ?


July 2010

Independence Day History

As we celebrate this 4th of July I want to mention a history they don't teach in school. Without Native
American intervention at Valley Forge during the revolution there would have been a completely different
line of history & the revolution would have been lost. The Iroquoian Confederacy was divided was divided
during the revolution as to who they should side with or if at all. Some stayed neutral, a couple fought with
the British & a few with the American revolutionists. When General Washington  was ready to surrender at
Valley Forge because of lack of supplies, it was Native Americans who  were able to sneak supplies in to
save the army & revolution. If not for them we would still be part of Canada & would probably also have
many Native Nations in existence since this was the British belief about not subjugating  the Natives and
encroaching on their lands. They also were at the time of the revolution starting to try and stop slave
trading that was beginning to grow in the South. Sadly the ones who felt that staying neutral was safer
because the white man couldn't be trusted were right. When Washington was about to win at Concord he
sent an army to burn out the tribes & their crops that had sided with the British. He was the originator of
the scorch & burn policy. Also Washington single handedly started the French Indian war by attacking &
killing the French Governors brother & his ambassador party going to meet with British representatives
under a flag of truce  to try & define borders & ease tensions that were developing at the time.
Washington then was a young British officer out to make a name for himself.
Imagine all the possibilities if Washington had learned to keep a cool head when he was young as far as a
possible history of this continent.


June 2010

Environmental disasters

The gulf oil spill is an awful man made environmental disaster for sure....sadly it is far from the worst. Many
more have happened that we never hear about on the news as this unfolds daily for us. I have listed only a
few of them below. Mercury poisoning has contaminated many areas of the Northern US that is a carry over
from before EPA restrictions were put on the paper industry.
In WI we have advisories that no fish be eaten by children & only 4-8 oz a week max by adults. It will take
1000s of years for this heavy metal to be cleansed from the earth. In Lake Superior talconite trailings from
the iron minings that at one time were dumped there along with PVCs have led to similar warnings about
fish consumption. It's estimated that it will take at least 450,000 years for Nature to cleanse this. They don't
mention though that the Great Lakes only have a life expectancy of another 12,000 years. All this
contamination is either being washed into the oceans or will sit in what will one day be top soil.
The Great Lakes which has been considered to be this Nations greatest natural resource are now also
mostly a bacterial cess pool. Seldom can you go to a beach on Lake Michigan any more with out a sign
posted that it's closed for high bacteria levels. And yes, these are all man made problems by our
dumping of sewage & pollutants into our lakes & even the rivers that feed them. One example of this is
from reading journals of French traders who came to the Milwaukee area in 17 & 1800s. They could see the
bottom of the Milwaukee river 20 feet below them from canoes, today you can't see 6 inches.
Most rivers and streams around populated areas are like this now, but it wasn't always so. Cryptosporidium
out breaks we hear about now in many parts of the country are caused by too many cattle on small areas of
land that the parasite washes into rivers instead of being filtered my mother Earth. This
is because farmers now need to utilize the once pasture land for crops to feed an ever expanding
population that is already 3-4 times what the Earth can naturally support. Like wise for the same reasons to
have a greater crop yield & put nutrients back into the soil, nitrous ammonia is used as
a fertilizer. Though also a naturally produced by product, when used as a fertilizer this chemical washes
down stream into lakes & oceans it upsets Natures balance. Certain plants in the oceans excel that choke
out other sea life that are necessary for both food & shelter. Hence the whole food chain
is disrupted and in the end destroys it. Results for us and larger sea creatures is that less fish are
available. Our pollution in streams has already destroyed the breading grounds for salmon who require it.
Again, less fish available for food. Not only our fishing industry suffers...all life does.
Over 20% of the oceans are now virtually the equivalent of a desert due to our polluting waters or the
lands that water eventually brings to them. Over farming on lands of the world that really can't handle
farming is destroying many areas of our earth also. When irrigation is used on lands
that are over old salt seas, the salt eventually will always leach to the surface and destroy the area. This
has happened already in places in the US & other parts of the world. Some of our greatest vegetable
producing areas in the US are in places where this will eventually happen as we
force the earth to produce more then it naturally can. In the end they will produce nothing! Again because
of over population. We thought the dust bowl of the 30s in US was bad...it can get worse. I do not mean to
insult anyone. For those that believe it's a right to have as many children as they want
or will quote the bible for this....no where in the bible does it say we should go out & OVER populate the
Earth at the expense of all life other then our own. A  NA quote is that we live together....or not at all.
It should be noted that when Oxy level gets below 7%, no life can survive. Because of both pollution and
our destroying of the environment that produces oxygen, a number of our large cities at times are getting
dangerously close to this magic number! When I was an engineer in my past career for 25 years, an article
in the SAE magazine caught our attention about the then upcoming RFG additive that was going to be used
in certain high pollution area for all gas there. We were amazed & our first comment about it was..."They
can't use that!" The chemicals that the EPA was going to require to be added to gas is a highly toxic
substance and poisonous even though it helps gas burn better. We didn't have to be the automotive
engineers we were to know that gas always gets spilled at gas stations & eventually all gas stations
eventually become pollution areas. Now after these many years over 1/3 of the ground water is
contaminated, and about 15% of it critically where the water is no longer safe to drink! Not to mention the
many people who have complained of being sick from the exhaust. Of course the EPA says there's nothing
wrong with the chemicals! The last 2 items I will mention aren't really ongoing environmental disasters and
are even controversial in ways. I mention them only because they
show how both our govt and other gob's and groups twist the truths or conveniently leave out facts for
their own agendas. All I will mention are purely the facts and nothing else. I am not taking sides on these
controversies. In Nam we were afraid China was going to join N Vietnam as they did in Korea because of
activity we were hearing about. We sent spy planes over China to cistern what was happening and when if
our fears were correct. What we discovered was horrific and a forewarning of both things to come plus
the major reason for some of Chinas policies. We discovered 100s of miles of trucks carrying bodies from
the city areas. We estimated that maybe 125 million people starved to death! This is the reason China
innovated the child limitation laws they have today. They went through what will
probably happen world wide some day. No, this wasn't on the evening news and was classified for years.
In the early 90s the 2nd of the American cancer society was fired for a couple remarks he made in an
interview while visiting Chicago. One was that the parks in Chicago, and some other major cities, would
qualify for the super fund if they were dumps because of high lead content. The other was
that the air in these cities was like wise so polluted that it was the equivalent of smoking a pack of
cigarettes a day as it relates to lung cancer. When the head of the cancer society was asked later if what
he said was true or not, his only answer was "That it didn't matter if it was true or
not, he shouldn't of said it." (Personally I applaud the truth no matter what it is. I don't like agendas being
created that leave out some facts.) Now with this in mind Europe will probably enacting a law to ban
additives to tobacco that has been innovated by Germany. This after a long term study
of one country there that did so over 10 years ago. The lung cancer rate went down there from 60-65%!
What angers me here is both the greed & stupidity of the tobacco companies but also our own Govt on
this. In 1964 a white house meeting decided they had 3 choices pertaining to tobacco, either start
an anti smoking campaign, ban tobacco, or make it safe which they new was possible! (From New England
journal of medicine paraphrased here) They new that getting involved in any choice other then an anti
smoking campaign would create political problems so decided on the anti smoking campaign. I
wonder how many 100,000s of people have & will die because of this decision. When you think of these
facts I think anyone can understand why many Native Americans will say that the white man stole their
sacred tobacco and created an evil thing from it....For in effect that is what happened through the greed of
big business.


May 2010

Thoughts

Some thoughts that crossed my mind seeing a news broadcast last week where a woman was abducted on
a city street full of people which was video taped showing no one even looking like they were interested
in helping. It has been my belief for a long time that our number one problem is complacency.  I think this
reinforces that belief. Most people just expect some one else or the Govt to fix every little problem. But in
truth the answers to most problems start with us. Take away the complacency that is predominate and our
biggest problems of pollution, over population, crime and corruption couldn't exist as it does today.
Letting politicians talk us into their party beliefs doesn't solve any problems either. Personally I believe in
complete term limitations on all politicians. Don't let them get a chance to become part of a problem where
party lines causes stagnation. And for us, we should never put limits on what we think we can or can't do.
We should never sit on the side lines, but rather stand up and be heard. Who knows what could be
accomplished if we did.
Now think about where you live....How many people on your street do you know? Do you wave to those that
live there or say hello? I think we all have forgotten that we should pass on a smile & hello. Where I grew
up I knew everyone for 5 miles either personally or by name. When a neighbors barn burned down 3 miles
away we were there to help fight the fire. A month later we were there for a barn building party. Now days
everything is so impersonal. Especially in cities.  We hardly know our neighbors yet alone help them, So
think on & remember to pass it on.



April 2010

Future

Not much time to even think about writing lately with long work hours in Spring rush. A few more weeks it
should hopefully slow down. I am planning to make this my last season though and retire again in Fall. I
need to get back into the woods where I belong. I never have been anything but a country boy at heart and
need to feel the life around me again of Nature. One must always follow what is in their heart if possible or
they slowly die inside. Once settled back in up there I won't be on that much since internet isn't really
available when your 25-50 miles from towns. LOL.  I never have really been an internet person though
have degrees in engineering, electronics & computers. Have trouble understanding how so many people
can become something other then them selves when online. Not a real life...maybe they have none, I don't
know. Just myself on here as can be. Scammers though I dislike I at least understand, they're lazy & trying
to rip you off. I plan on doing my shows full time and traveling a lot then as I once did doing shows &
demos for children. It has been a long almost 6 years away and a lot has happened in that time. Besides
growing older. LOL. Late wife & myself both had planned to get back to where we loved. Now will do & get
by as I can as I need little anyways. Small retirement I may as well use now. For the many I talk to I hope to
be able to keep in touch. A few months till I move off to back woods. LOL. Hugs & blessing to all.


April 2010

Musings

Hardly time with Spring rush to send out tags, so just a quick note here. Body been good and sore as it
gets back into shape working. LOL. Hard to believe in less then 2 weeks I'll be out camping again & doing a
show. School kids on Friday & play over weekend. Been trying in the little free time I have to make a few
flutes. Way behind this year with working on new CD over Winter.  Haven't been this far behind for several
years when a number of us flute makers sent flutes over to soldiers in Iraq. Started with a Native soldier
asking for one from one in our flute makers group & just pyramided. Was wonderful to see the interest &
hope the flutes helped to ease the pressure one I know can feel when stationed far from home where his
life always at risk. Remember these soldiers when they come home. Many will need our help and
understanding. Below is the epilogue from a book I wrote a number of years back. Hope it makes sense. I
was asked by a high school boy a few years back when doing classes to describe my experiences in the
service.....I couldn't. Afterwards I talked about it with a friend who was over also. He said "John, you just
can't explain to those that haven't been through it, and to those that have been...there's no need to" A
very wise man my friend. Thank you Kevin...

The warrior stands, his armor rusty, his weapons stained and old.
The trumpets sounded too many battles, yet the dogs of hell still came.
He once stood a knave, young and unchallenged
His sword unstained from blood.
But with each battle his soul died more, for the world changed not at all.
Looking to heavens, he cries one final time, praying the Gods to hear him.
Valhalla let me rest in peace, I will kill no more tomorrow.
Sword and armor rest now upon the ground, and the warrior is no more.
For the heavens took pity on this fearless warrior, after all he was but a man.


March 2010

More New News

Well am back to work for another season. Hard starting out again chasing telephone lines down after a
long Winter....but have a few pounds of Winter fat to burn off. LOL.  Would much rather be retired again
and doing my shows and school classes for kids...but such is life. Another 3 years can retire again.  
Finished new CD and producer sending them out finally. My thanks to my friend  Beth on here for some
beautiful cover art. Anyone wanting web design should look into her. After 3 years I have finally updated
my old wolfcreekcrafts web site and will be adding a second music video by Summer. Have added links to
where producer selling my music. There is some free music there also from all 3 of my albums to listen to.
Weather was strange this Winter all over as I found out on my trips. Was warmer in WI then was in FL when
I was there.  Who ever heard of snow on the Gulf!! LOL.  Teach me to bring a Winter coat to FL next time so
I won't have to wear it. LOL. Got lots of pictures yet from my trips I still haven't uploaded. Getting to be so
many that maybe I shouldn't. I just love the mountains too. Was snow when I was in KY, WV, VA TN & NC
also.  I'm beginning to think it follows me. LOL. I know, don't tell me not to come to your states in Winter.
Was better then the 113 & 119 in AZ though last Fall. Just as hot in NM & NV when there. Even the 105 in CA
was a little much for me. Then I dressed for hot weather & went to the coast where was foggy & 39. Hahah.
Oh well...Take that weather over the nasty spider that got me. Arm hurt for a while from that & had to go
into emergency. Not use to those things since the only things we have up in MN & WI are tics & our state
bird the mosquito. Got to learn what those things look like before next trip.
To anyone that doesn't know it, it is a proven fact that children that take music do better in other subjects
like math & languages. They also are less prone to be involved in drugs & crime. But of course in these
hard times music classes are the first thing to be cut from schools. Yet in Venezuela even before their
present govt they implemented a National band where all children were required to learn an instrument &
given the use of one also. If a so called third world country can do something like this why can't we? Just a
thought for everyone as to where this country's priorities lie. Sports are good for kids also, but it's their
minds that should be number one on our lists for them.


March 2010

New News

I've been so busy as of late preparing for this weekends show and finishing my new CD that I haven't made
a new entry as of late. I didn't really think anything about it, since who really reads them anyways. Right? So
imagine my surprise when I had several email's asking when I was going to write something new! LOL. Well
not a lot has happened in so called snowy WI being I have been so busy. Except snowy WI has less snow
then it seems about anywhere else in the country. LOL. Been a mild Winter here. When I took my trip to GA
& Fl this Dec I actually felt under dressed & only had 2 days out of whole trip where I wasn't shivering &
wet. I still enjoyed the beautiful scenery but wasn't able to capture much in pictures because of the rain or
me turning to ice as I stood in one place too long.
I've been told I sound like a tree hugger, and would tend to agree.  I'm also a realist though. We need to all
find common ground & understanding. My question to anyone who isn't one, why not? By being one and
protecting the earth we ensure our children lives since we either live together with Mother Nature or not
at all. That can be seen all to readily with what is happening because of us polluting the land & waters. Our
food sources are losing ground fast, after that we will follow. I am not Republican or Democrat but support
those that help protect the Earth. I've been called both a liberal & a conservative, so I like to think that is
good. It means I think for myself and don't let any party or group dictate my thinking. When that happens all
we are doings becoming someone else's pawn. Just look how things get done in Washington. LOL. When
pollution controls were first put in effect for businesses I heard one side say many jobs would be lost
because of it. I was a suit in upper Mgmnt at the time & heard this oh so much. But instead not only were
no jobs lost but 100s of 1000s of new jobs were created in that field. At the moment the excuse for the US
going further in environmental controls is that so many other countries in the world as in 3rd world have
little controls. True in many cases. But China which is one of the most polluted now is also the leader in
correcting that problem and spending many billions to solve it. They know only too well what can happen,
because it has to them already. The US shouldn't be a follower. It has always been a leader in what needed
to be done when problem arose such as the world wars. We should be in this also. For this is a war that
our lives depend on also.
I wrote a couple bulletins on internet safety. Mostly common sense really but we forget those things when
working from our computers in the comfort and safety of our homes. Hope they weren't too boring. LOL.
Ok, This wasn't anything especially interesting for a entry. Hope those that asked aren't disappointed too
much. LOL.
Remember our troops over seas if you can, many orgs that you can connect through  that help them feel
less alone. My own flute makers group got together & sent many many flutes over to soldiers in Iraq a
couple years ago. Small things can matter when you are in such a place. I remember that so well!


Jan 2010

Why here

Started my page here originally to show some of the things I do through pictures and display my music.
Sometimes I comment on a few things & love to hear opinions on subjects related to what I do and others. I
don't necessarily have to agree either. LOL. Old quote I believe completely says "I may not agree with what
you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it."  In Aug of 1969 I was released from a Military
hospital & trying to get out of Mississippi ahead of hurricane Camile. Some how in all the cancelled flights
my luggage was lost and the only thing I had to wear was my 1 uniform for a while. Times were different
then and some kids decided to pelt a soldier with eggs from a moving car was the right thing to do. I don't
ever wish our soldiers to have to go through those times again because they are doing their job. I didn't
think we should be in Nam either since I knew the true history of it, but was my duty to serve as best as I
could when called. Some didn't, and that's ok too. Thankfully times have changed and our reasons for
fighting since have been less cloudy. But what ever the case always support our soldiers completely, they
deserve it. Give our opinions & vent our frustrations to our politicians....not the ones who are there to
protect us please. There are some parts of our history not to be proud about, but that is usually the case
every where at some point. We have & always will have our differences & opinions, but have managed for
the most part to get along well here in our country where others have not been so fortunate. That is what I
believe puts us above others in some ways. Just an opinion of this dumb country boy. LOL.
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